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Trump lifts curbs on E15 petrol to help farmers, but angers Big Oil and environmental groups

The Trump administration on Friday lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of petrol, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China but drawing a legal threat from the oil industry.The announcement will allow petrol stations to sell blends containing up to 15 per cent corn-based ethanol, called…

Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s use of tariffs in trade war, CNBC All-America Economic Survey finds

US President Donald Trump’s handling of the relationship with China and heavy-handed use of tariffs is failing to win the support of the American general public, according to a CNBC All-America Economic Survey released on Friday.The poll, conducted quarterly, found that 45 per cent of those questioned disapproved of the way Trump has handled relations…

At least 12 dead, including suspected shooter, after ‘disgruntled’ city employee opens fire at municipal centre in Virginia Beach

A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire with a handgun on colleagues at a municipal building in Virginia on Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and wounding at least four before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said.The mass shooting in the coastal resort of Virginia Beach was the deadliest instance of US gun violence…

At least 12 dead, including suspected shooter, after ‘disgruntled’ city employee opens fire at municipal centre in Virginia Beach

A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire with a handgun on colleagues at a municipal building in Virginia on Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and wounding at least four before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said.The mass shooting in the coastal resort of Virginia Beach was the deadliest instance of US gun violence…

China’s retaliatory tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods kick in, fanning fears of extended trade war

China on Saturday raised tariffs to a maximum 25 per cent on US$60 billion worth of US products in retaliation for Washington’s latest tax increase on Chinese goods, fanning fears that the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies will not end soon.US President Donald Trump has also tried to strike a better trade…

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

Saudi Arabia banking on Muslim and Arab summits to strengthen its hand. Don’t believe the hype

Three back-to-back, high-level Muslim and Arab summits held over the past two days are likely to yield very little despite the hype surrounding them.Saudi Arabia, which is hosting the meetings against the backdrop of mounting tension between the United States and Iran, expects the gatherings to back its campaign to force the Islamic Republic to…